Introducing Interview: Glam Skanks

Having just finished a tour with the legendary Adam Ant, and previously supported the likes of the one and only Alice Cooper, feisty girl band Glam Skanks are ready to take over the world with their empowering brand of riotous rock ‘n’ roll.

Now, set to record a cover of Motorhead/Girl School’s ‘Please Don’t Touch’ with the legendary Jagz Kooner (Oasis, The Prodigy), we caught up with Glam Skanks to find out more…

Hey, welcome to Gigslutz! Can you introduce Glam Skanks to our readers?
Thank you! We’ve got Ali Cat on lead vocals, Veronica Volume on lead guitar, Millie on bass and Cassie on drums! We’re an all female glitter rock band that’s ready to takeover!

How did you all meet and start playing music together?
Ali and Veronica both posted similar Craigslist ads looking for female musicians for an all girl band with all the same influences. After meeting up and jamming on T.Rex, Aerosmith and Heart songs we decided to form Glam Skanks. After a few years of trying to find the right rhythm section we finally found Millie through a mutual friend – she had been playing with Cassie since they were kids.

What would you say it is that makes you stand out from other bands?
Definitely the fact that we’re all girls and that we play as well as we do. Also our stage show and outfits make us stand out as well. We think in this day and age it is really important to have an engaging, exciting stage show because you don’t see that from a lot of bands these days .We try to be as different and outlandish as we can! Really turn some heads!

You’ve just been on tour with Adam Ant!! How was that experience for you?
It’s been amazing!!! Adam and his band are so professional and put on an amazing show. We’ve learned so much from watching them and working with them, and it’s an experience we will never forget!!

I’ve heard you’ve also supported the likes of Alice Cooper and Hollywood Vampires – that’s awesome! But what would you say has been your favourite live show to date?
Yes we opened for Alice Cooper last year and it was incredible! We also sang ‘School’s Out’ on stage with him! We’re huge Alice Cooper fans! But as far as our favorite live show that we’ve played goes, it would have to be The Royal Albert Hall!! We’ve all dreamed of playing there since we were kids and it’s one of the best sounding rooms you could ever hope to play!

And if you could perform anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Japan!!! We would love to go play some shows out in Japan! We think people would really go wild for us there because of how much they appreciate fashion, wild stage show and girl bands! Also a big bucket list venue would be Madison Square Garden of course.

What is it that generally inspires you to write songs?
A lot of different things really! Sometimes our songs start off with a cool song title and we work from there. Sometimes it’s what’s happening in the world that inspires us, like politics and female empowerment. Or we write about what we have experienced in our own lives, things that piss us off or what turns us on .

And, if you could sum up your sound in three words, what would they be?
Raw, Powerful and Fun!!!

Finally, what does the rest of 2017 have in store for Glam Skanks?
We’re hitting the studio as soon as we get home and hope to have some new material out by the end of the year. We’re also planning on doing another couple of tours… And taking over the world, one speck of glitter at a time, of course!!

Huge thanks to Glam Skanks for answering our questions!

Catch Glam Skanks live in the UK over the next few weeks:

31 May – The Shed, Leicester
1 June – Rough Trade, Nottingham
2 June – The Ritz, Manchester (supporting The Skids)
2 June – Club 27, Liverpool
3 June – The Monarch, London (Camden Rocks)
9 June – Nambucca, London (Jack Rocks)
10 June – Department S Nightclub, Bristol

AND just retweet/share this post for a chance to win a pair of tickets to any of the Glam Skanks UK dates (except Camden Rocks)!

Mari Lane

Mari Lane

Editor, London. Likes: Kathleen Hanna, 6Music, live music in the sunshine. Dislikes: Sexism, pineapples, the misuse of apostrophes.